So, you bought yourself a cool looking drone and now you want to start making money with drones, right?
There are endless possibilities on how to make money with a drone. But before you start, it is important to know the drone regulations in your country. In the U.S. for example, you have to register your drone and indicate that it will be used for commercial purposes. Don’t worry, though. The process to register a drone is really straight forward and it only costs you $5. We covered it in this guide.
Also important to mention up front is that you don’t need to buy an expensive drone as the Mavic Pro or the DJI Phantom 4 to start making money flying. Depending on the activity you are planning on going after, it is perfectly fine to go with a cheaper drone. There are a lot of good drones with HD cameras that won’t break the bank.
That said, let’s start with our tips.
How to make money with a drone
Our first option on making money with quadcopters is the most obvious one: Video-making. There are a ton of options to make some cash shooting videos with drones. You can provide a service and charge for it, for example, shooting wedding videos, videotaping sport events or, to be honest, any kind of event.
Nowadays, action movies have a lot of footage made out of drones and those pilots surely get a good pay for the skills they have to show.
You can also make money with drones by video-making to yourself. I mean, it is not easy to do, but the ones who pull it out make a good amount of money. You can create a Youtube Channel, for example, and post your footage. If you are into travel vlogs, you know what I mean.
The same way you can sell you videos, you can sell photos online. There are a lot of sites on the web today that you can sell your photos in. You can get lucky enough to get a regular customer that you can sell your photos to, but from my experience, you will make some cash quickly if you just sell your photos on website galleries. It is pretty simple, find some cool spots, make some cool picture with your drone and post them. If someone wants to use these photos on anything, they have to pay you royalties for it. You can take the photo on this post as an example of kinds of pics people use to buy.
A thing nowadays is aerial photo shoots for selling or renting a house/apartment. Think about it, it is a great idea. Go after the real state agents and offer this kind of service. It can be a gold mine.
We will get there, but while drone delivery is not a thing just yet, there are a lot of other services that you can provide to get money out of your UAV. For example surveillance. Yes, there are a ton of regulations to that kind service and it is not for everyone, but you get the idea. You have to be creative.
It is also common for local communities nowadays to have drone pilots to help with search and rescue missions. In here, you have to be a real pro to take part in, but if you are interested, it is manageable.
Competing with you drone
Drones are not just cool flying toys with camera. There are lots of types of drones, for example, battle drones and racing drones. And guess what? There are competitions that pay good money for the winners. Not too long ago a kind managed to take home a check for $250.000 from a racing drone competition in Dubai. If you have the skills and think you are a good pilot, it may be worth to take a look at this possibility.
So you like to fly a drone. You like drones. Why not make a business out of reselling them?
You can open a local store in your city or a online store to sell drones and drone parts. You can even customize drones and make money out of it. There are many people that are breaking the bank by selling custom drones and parts on eBay and AliExpress. Why shouldn’t you take a piece of the pie to yourself?
If you have money to invest, you can even look for a chinese manufacturer to buy your own branded drone. Wouldn’t that be cool? You can make some good money selling your own brand drones on Amazon FBA, for example. Yes, competition is though, but the difference in here is that you know that you are doing and you can differentiate yourself from the competition.
So there you have it. These are some of the ideas we came up with that you can get money with the help of your drone. As anything in life, those that are creative and come up with unique ideas get to be successful and thus, getting the bigger paychecks.
Also, try to find something that you are passionate about. For example, if you hate weddings, video-taping one is not a great idea. It will get you bored soon and you will give it up. On the other hand, if you like video editing and love to travel, why not to start a Youtube channel with your vlogs? It will keep you motivated both to travel and to make some cash out of it.
It is important that before you begin to try to make money flying you get to know how drones work, what are the rules in your country when talking about drones and most important, to practice. A lot.